Friday, January 11, 2008

Navy Officials Back Down on Strait of Hormuz Incident Claims (UPDATED)

Anyone's guess is as good as any on this one. Dubious, to say the least.

On the audio (mp3) of the radio communication, a voice slowly pronounces the words "I am coming to you," and then as the American tries to communicate, says, "You will explode after a few minutes."

But since then, the American version of the incident has undergone a revision. The radio threat, the Navy now admits, may not have come from the Iranian boats after all. The voice, a number of observers have pointed out, seems to come out of nowhere and doesn't have the expected engine noise in the background, and in fact, The Washington Post reports, the accent doesn't even sound Iranian.

All of this is within the scope of past experience with Iran (just ask their neighbors), but isn't it a bit troubling to lack confidence you can trust what US officials are saying about this as well?

Thank The President.

UPDATE: Things get really weird.


  1. Well I do not know why any of us should have a problem here. After all we can look back starting with the fiction of the Battleship Maine long before the Gulf of Tonkin incident with the destroyers Maddox and Turner Joy for any provenance here of similar maneuvers.

    Did you see the boats? Looked like the Iranians were running around in a couple ski boats. No 50 cals, no BMG's nothing, not even an RPG was visible.

  2. Update from TPM. It gets even more weird. "The threatening radio transmission heard at the end of a video showing harassing maneuvers by Iranian patrol boats in the Strait of Hormuz may have come from a locally famous heckler known among ship drivers as the “Filipino Monkey.”...

    In recent years, American ships operating in the Middle East have had to contend with a mysterious but profane voice known by the ethnically insulting handle of “Filipino Monkey,” likely more than one person, who listens in on ship-to-ship radio traffic and then jumps on the net shouting insults and jabbering vile epithets..."

  3. Yet they should have recognized the voice and styles of the heckler. Unless the communications officer never had occassion to talk to Iranians, he should have recognized that way as well.